Julie and I just arrived home after spending 11 1/2 hours in classes on adoption and foster care. First of all, no matter how good the classes are, 11 1/2 hours straight is grueling. Secondly, the topics you are learning about/discussing take an enormous emotional toll. There were numerous times that we were all on the verge of tears (partly because we had to sit in a classroom all day and evening–did I mention that it was 11 1/2 hours?).
As we heard story after story about children at risk, children desperately needing a “forever family,” children being burned with cigarettes by their biological parents . . . my heart broke with God’s heart. Children should NEVER be placed in these situations! How can God allow it?!? And the answer is that God desperately wants it all to stop–and His plan is you and His plan is me. What are we going to do about it? We can choose to ignore it. Ignorance is bliss. But if you read this . . . you can’t claim ignorance any longer.
God instructs us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Alright, I have to go to bed, I have another 8 hours of classes tomorrow.